vSphere views enable you to analyze and manage the capacity of a virtualized infrastructure running vSphere-based virtualization systems. These views present key capacity metrics and charts for vSphere clusters, hosts, datastores, and VMs.
You can use these views to see the total capacity, used capacity, remaining capacity, growth trend for CPU and memory subsystems. vSphere views also provide a set of recommended actions to help you resolve issues that are highlighted and identified by the Optimizer rules for your virtualized infrastructure. You can access these views by using the Views tab.
The following image illustrates the capabilities of vSphere views:
The vSphere Virtual Machines view, for instance, contains subviews that present a range of information including Overallocated VMs, Idle VMs, snapshot information and the resource allocation and usage of VMs in the virtualization view. Detailed views enable you to see a time series chart of key metrics, and the tree map view provides a graphical representation of the vSphere capacity.
Certified data sources
The certified data sources for these views are as follows:
- VMware - vCenter Extractor Service
- VMware - vCenter and ESX Server History Extractor
You must configure and run one of these ETL modules to import data into the view. For more information, see VMware vCenter ETLs. If you are importing data from an ETL module other than the certified data source, then ensure that you have all the metrics populated in the ETL module so that the view shows the data.
Certain metrics are required for these views. If the metrics are not imported, then corresponding columns are blank. Particularly, for for this platform, you must import specific metrics for some of the charts to be available.
The views display data for all systems of the following types:
- Virtual Cluster - VMware
- Virtual Host - VMware
- Virtual Machine - VMware
- Datastore Cluster
- Resource Pool
Using the views